06 Nov Xaver Walser – Filmmaker
„My dream was to one-day „when I am big“, travel the world with a camera and make a living by telling truthful stories that make a difference in peoples lives. Today I am a filmmaker and doing exactly that. It’s long not a dream anymore.“
Your childhood dream job?
I loved trains ever since I can remember. The look of it, the sound of the wheels squeeking, basically everything about trains intrigued me. At the age of six there was nothing more glamorous in the world than to become a train driver.
Life is really too short to waste time in a job that you are not happy with. There is never a good time to start following your dream. Its like getting children. Just go for it
Your first job?
Those days the theory was to go the safe way and just get something behind your name. With no clear vision what I wanted to do with my life, I did a toolmaker trade and studied to become a CNC pneumatic machine programer. I found out quickly that earning good money was just a short term satisfaction. Finding a way to fulfill my creative side became the main focus point. I remember, I was 21 years old and stuck in traffic in the city of Cape Town, listening to a radio commercial that said: „You get born, your first words are Mamma and Pappa, and soon after that you go to school for 12 years. Then you can either study more or start working until you are 65 and only then you are free to do what you want.“ I was shocked. Since that was indeed my reality and direction I was heading. There and then I decided to not waste one more day of my life on a job that I was not enjoying.
Your current job? What makes it your dream job?
My dream was to one-day „when I am big“, travel the world with a camera and make a living by telling truthful stories that make a difference in peoples lives. Today I am a filmmaker and doing exactly that. Its long not a dream anymore. I am getting paid to transfer an emotional experience to an audience by bringing hopeful messages to people. Sundays are there to spend time with my family, however I am anticipating Mondays with great joy to be able to go back to work again. I love my job and the best of it all is, it never feels like work.
Sure, I also failed a lot and plenty of things did not work out, but if you never give up, you will succeed.
Besides a lot of sweat and commitment, how did you make your dream come true?
After I quit my engineering job, my brother and I traveled the globe with our surfboard under our arms for 3 years. We took turns filming ourselves in and out of the water. During that time I decided to edit a surf movie out of all the film material. I ended up selling 350 VHS tape copies and realised that one could make a living from this. That was enough to convince me of my new profession and over the past 15 years I tried to make every film / commercial a little better than the last one. That constant pressure to improve my skills forced me to never stay long in any comfort zone. Sure, I also failed a lot and plenty of things did not work out, but if you never give up, you will succeed.
Your words of inspiration for those still looking for their dream job?
Life is really too short to waste time in a job that you are not happy with. There is never a good time to start following your dream. Its like getting children. Just go for it…because time is ticking and let’s not join the pity party that lingers on regrets.
Check out Xaver’s work: www.subgraviti.com
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